Damn. But you said 'this year'. Do you have any idea if and when it might happen? Because I would really love that laptop, and I might consider waiting if I can. I'm surviving with my 1000HE for now, but I do need a bit more screen space for my work (without compromising portability by going over 4lbs), and if I can get the dedicated graphics and Turbo33 with it, that would be wonderful.
I have to say I am very disappointed in the UL80VT. I was expecting thin and light, instead it is over 1 lb heavier than the ul30 and the ul50 is only .4 lbs heavier than the ul80, this does not make sense to me, oh and also the 15 inch model is thiner and cheaper with the same video card specs.
Why did you have to make the 14 inch one bulky? I was looking forward to this model, I pre-ordered and then I cancelled because I am not sure I want to spend 850 on something I am not confident with.
If you can remove the disk drive and make it thinner for me on the ul80vt, then I will buy it. I would buy it if it is around 4.2 lbs at the heaviest. I am sorry but if I want something portable, it needs to be light weight.
Count another vote for wanting a UL30vt (with backlit keyboard!)
The UL80vt is too heavy, and too thick due to the optical drive that I don't want.
I also currently have the 1000HE and have decided not to make a purchase now that the UL30vt isn't stateside-bound. I will hold off to see what the Acer Timeline series brings, or if anyone else bring something like the UL30vt to the table. If you guys are going to make it I don't understand why it wouldn't be released in the US. Obviously people want it.
If you do find news of any other models close to what a ul30vt should have been, do let me know.
I completely agree. The ul80vt simply breaks out of the thin and light form. It's disproportionately heavy compared to the other models. I was SO freaking excited with news of the UL30 at how thin it was, and when I learned about the turbo and discrete graphics features, I knew I had to have one. Imagine my disappointment to discover that it wasn't going to be offered. At least not unless you go for the bigger, bulkier model which takes away from the portability that first brought me into it. Mr. Asus, you've taken me from a =) to a =( Put in a good word for us, will you? Put the ideas in the right places, tell the higher-ups what us consumers want! Do it for us, your loyal customers!
Check out the HP DM3T series. It's got dedicated video in the NVDIA 105M, 13.3" screen, same processor as the UL30 series (and an option for the SP9300), <1" thick and 4.2lb - and about $800 with the 105M, 4GB/250GB. Ten hours of battery life.